Black Mariah:

Black Mariah: "A Calling"

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by Richard Finney

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Ten years ago, an alien creature, who became known as Black Mariah, came out of nowhere to stop a potential terrorist plot that would have killed thousands of people.

The creature’s initial appearance caused dismay and confusion with the general public. But the alien’s repeated efforts over the years left no doubt that Black Mariah’s sole purpose was to help humanity.

Now, a decade later, only a few people – criminals, terrorists, and power hungry sociopaths - choose not to celebrate Black Mariah’s long list of victorious interventions.

Even the media has nothing but praise for the world’s savior calling Black Mariah a genuine hero. Most of press glorifies the creature’s invincibility because despite repeated deadly attacks, no weapon seems to harm the alien. Just when the creature seems to have suffered a mortal wound, Black Mariah will appear again, ready to do whatever it takes to save the lives of innocent people.

But hidden from the world is the truth behind the Black Mariah phenomenon.

THE TRUTH: The alien creature is not invincible. Over the last ten years, there have actually been twelve different Black Mariahs.

Jeri Asher and Chris Dixon work for an organization that is secretly connected to the Black Mariah program. The two are the best at what they do as they recruit, train, and guide a human volunteer through a special program that prepares the volunteer to take on the responsibility of becoming the next Black Mariah.

Recently, Jeri has developed grave doubts concerning the clandestine organization she works for and the true nature behind the genesis of the alien creature. She is torn about continuing with her job or revealing the secret sacrifice eleven people have made for the purpose of keeping the rest of the world safe.

“BLACK MARIAH – A Calling” is the beginning of a new SF/Thriller Book Series with an original and provocative premise. Each of the novels in this series will have fast- paced mysterious storylines, driven by unexpected revelations, emotional conflict, and breathtaking action.

The first book in the “BLACK MARIAH” series threatens to cause casual and jaded readers alike to sit up and take notice.

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Black Mariah: "A Calling" 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReviewYou More than 1 year ago
First of all, this author knows how to write. Each novel he creates is an adventure in itself, whether part of a series or not. Each one features different worlds, unique, interesting characters, and exciting locales. "Black Mariah - A Calling", the first book in his latest series is no exception. Whether it's an alien artifact located in a Brazilian jungle, a South Carolina Red Wolf Preserve, a cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean, or a secretive government operative center in Washington D.C., there are plenty of plot lines to keep the reader's interest, no matter the preferred genre. This novel crosses genre lines with elements of Sci-fi, action, suspense, drama, mystery, even a little humor. Add to the mix a humanoid/reptilian alien creature who is able to mysteriously appear and disappear from one location to another, intervening in situations to help humanity like some sort of scaly superman. This leads us to the pivotal question in this book: Who is Black Mariah? Certainly not an invincible superman, for it has died before, more than once to be exact. In fact, there have been 11 different Black Mariahs... One of things I love most about the way this author writes, is that the written word plays out in your head as if you were watching a movie. A 3D, in your face, IMAX experience type of movie. Take a smooth as satin plot, add action and suspense, stir in a wide variety of captivating, believable characters and you have "Black Mariah A Calling". Make no mistake about it, even though the story runs as smoothly it does, the reader is not spoon fed; there is plenty of room for the imagination to work. The author has skillfully laid out the framework in this novel for future books in the series. The characters may not have been fleshed out quite to the extent which some readers like, but there were plenty of attributes and more than enough humanity applied to allow the reader to connect. (Since this is the first book in the series, I'm sure from having read other works by this author, that in the remaining books our questions will be answered, with more revealed about the characters we love, hate, and want to know more about). So I leave you with the question, "Who is Black Mariah?". This is where you, the reader, are a major participant...recruited into the mission to discover who or what exactly Black Mariah is. It's a loaded question, and I'm not telling. You'll just have to read it yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since Richard Finney wowed me with his release of Drawing Blood in 2012, I was naturally eager to read more of his stuff. I’m not a science fiction expert if the story or premise is complicated – worlds which are too rarified have intimidated me to the point where I just “haven’t tried them yet,” but this turned out to be a clear cut sci-fi theme for the everyday reader. Perhaps it helps that I enjoy a side of horror or chills with my science fiction. And while this one wasn’t scary, it does hold mystery with it that has the potential to be. The story is easy to follow along with and holds plenty of curiosity on what’s happening next without crossing the cheesy line of leaving too many obvious “read more” cliffhanger carrots dangling. I can’t say much about the plot safely, fearing to accidentally give too much away, but I can say it is a slow, delicate revealing of a bigger picture. Richard Finney holds a knack for creating convincing, likeable characters without having to put a lot of excess wording in or use explained back history to do it. Of course Black Mariah stands as the most intriguing of the characters. Even if there is a surprising revelation about him at the end, he stands embraced in mystery most of the time. He gets less page time than one would expect, but this makes him more interesting when does appear. The focus is on another strange man who has something wrong with him. (What it is exactly also remains a bit of a mystery, one I’d love to solve in the next novel.) The cliffhanger on that side story certainly intrigued. I enjoyed the humor of two other mains, Chris and Jeri, and the author purposely keeps the reader in the dark on their exact intent until the perfect timing. Overall a clean, quick read that holds interest from the beginning, leaves a dusting of questions making you want more when it’s over and done with, but not so much that you’re left feeling frustrated. There’s plenty left to be learned regarding the characters, many questions raised, and all the mains personalities endeared them to me. Recommended for everyone to give a try, whether you’re a strong sci-fi fan or a mild one (like me.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had my attention from the very beginning and had me wondering what was going to happen next. I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve read the author’s other books, and was excited to read his latest. “Black Mariah” is a book series starter that should thrill readers looking for an original premise and a fast paced story! The book takes place in our world, present day. Everything is the same except for one big difference -- an alien super being is showing up all around the world, stopping terrorist plots, war crimes, and generally helping innocent people who are being victimized. And this mysterious creature has been doing it for a decade. But as the story unfolds we learn there’s a catch behind why and how the alien is able to help humanity. I don’t want to say anything more. Just read the book! It’s an amazingly fast read! I can’t wait for the release of the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this author for the last couple of years. I loved his Demon Days books and really enjoyed the first book in his vampire book series. Truthfully, I didn’t know what to think about this one because at first glance it seemed like it wouldn’t be something I’d like. For instance, there’s a monster on the cover. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Once again, this author came through with a totally fantastic novel! This first book reads fast and is full of action and characters you are instantly fascinated with finding out what happens to them. But the thing that blew me away was how this book is completely original. As I was reading it, I kept telling my friends what I was reading and they kept telling me how different it was. Not that the book is removed from reality. That’s the thing… it feels very real. Like the author’s vampire book, I read this in one sitting, because I needed to know what was going to happen next. Loved it!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this writer's demon days books. And this new book series could be even better!